Hi everyone! Today’s word is affect. Affect means to have an impact or effect on something. It is the verb of ‘effect,’ which is a noun. For example, the increase in monkey population will greatly affect the number of available bananas.

Some of the most common collocations for affect include: affect your health, affect performance, affect the environment, adversely affect, seriously affect, indirectly affect.

Bob Dylan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWQWh86sJsA) once said: ‘Nothing can affect my voice, it’s so bad.’

It is a verb. There is often an adverb before it (badly affect, negatively affect) or after it (affect negatively, affect badly).

The stress is on the beginning of the word. It is pronounced əˈfɛkt.

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The noun form is much more common. It is spelled ‘effect’ and the stress switched to the /fekt/ part in the noun.

Here’s an example sentence: The loss of helium on Earth would affect society greatly.

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Now it’s your turn! Put your answers in the comments.

Who has deeply affected your life? A teacher? A family member? A friend?

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